Ambre Nuit was the fourth issue of the line of men’s colognes by Dior. All four of those have since been integrated in the recent La Collection Privée. Although intended as a men’s cologne initially, this is a comfortably genderless woody oriental.
A start of bergamot and pepper is quickly followed by a lovely rose surrounded by spicy accents and bedded on a woody accord, amber and patchouli swirling around it in a softly smoky, decidedly oriental manner. Lasting power is very good for the concentration, Ambre Nuit stays for about 5 hours on me.
Although I think Ambre Nuit would be best for the colder months, I have worn it several times in the heat of summer and when applied with restraint it is not overwhelming. What slightly bothers me about Ambre Nuit though, is its (for my tastes) slightly too hefty sillage. There is a lot of wafting going on here. Ambre Nuit is a lot more diffusive that you would expect and than I would like.
Compared to Mitzah, the other amber in the Dior collection, I clearly prefer the latter. Ambre Nuit is more of an oriental rose than a classic amber scent, and while that is fine as it is, I know a few oriental roses that impress me more.
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